Cllr Tim Warren

The arrival of October also sees the return of the annual Children’s Bath Literature Festival and this year promises the usual bumper offering of events.

It’s great, as always, to welcome the.dozens of excited schoolchildren who have been pouring into the Guildhall this week to meet some of their favourite writers.

I’m proud that once again, Bath is hosting Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival and I hope as many people as possible get the chance to take their kids along to one of the many different events taking place over the next few days.

Books open up a world of possibilities to young minds and the sooner we get our children in the habit of reading the better. That’s why we’re also proud to support Libraries Week all next week with a range of activities designed to help you get more out of your local library. You can discover more at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/LibrariesWeek2017

I’m also really pleased to see that we’ve completed the first phase of the Keynsham Bypass resurfacing a week ahead of schedule.  We’ve always been keen to ensure that we wanted to minimise disruption for motorists along this busy stretch of the A4 so very well done to all the team involved.

Finally, returning  to the theme of books, next week sees the launch of the annual young crime writers competition by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Library Service.

It’s open to any child or young person who is under 17 and I hope it will encourage lots of youngsters to have a go. You can pop into the library to pick up an entry form or log onto www.bathnes.gov.uk/youngwriterscomp